November 2014 El Paso Volunteer Bulletin

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

AIM HIGH CONFERENCE

November 1 from 9am-3pm at 7000 Edgemere
The Aim High Conference is geared toward encouraging girls to aim high by setting high goals for themselves, achieving in academic realms and exploring professional opportunities for their future success. Volunteers are needed to help throughout the event with set-up, decorating, stuffing goody bags, assisting with registration, helping workshop presenters, guiding small team activities and breaking down. If you are interested in helping, please email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call 915.219.8554.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
November 1 from 3-8pm at Cafe Mayapan (2000 Texas Ave).
Volunteers are wanted to help set-up a group altar for the Dia de los Muertos festival. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own photos, momentos or decorations. For more information, contact latinitasep@gmail.com or 219.8554.

FERIA DE LA FAMILIA

November 23 at the El Paso Convention Center

Latinitas will be hosting an informational booth at the Feria de la Familia. Volunteers are needed to assist with distributing informational materials and aiding with a concession stand. To volunteer, please email latinitasep@gmail.com or call 915.219.8554.

BUSINESS CHICA PLANNING TEAM – Coming up December 13

This event promotes the next generation of business leaders by connecting girls with local business professionals. Volunteers are needed to help with event planning, promotion, fundraising and recruiting speakers. For more information, contact latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 219.8554.

HEALTHY CHICA PLANNING TEAM – Coming up in January
Join us in encouraging girls to making healthy choices. This event will feature hands-on activities and presentations on staying active, nutrition and wellness. Volunteers are needed to help with event planning, promotion, fundraising and recruiting speakers. For more information, contact latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 219.8554.

GIRL EMPOWERMENT FELLOWSHIP

Latinitas is currently recruiting for our Girl Empowerment Fellowship to assist with facilitating our girl empowerment programs during the school year. Fellows will dedicate 5 hours a week to take on leadership roles in planning girl empowerment events, mentoring members, facilitating multimedia arts lessons and coordinating after-school programs. To apply, please send your resume latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call 915.219.8554.

MENTORS WANTED FOR AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS

Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors for girls in grades 4-8th and help guide girls with hands-on media arts activities. These clubs meet once a week from 5-6:30pm, so on-going volunteering is welcome. If you are interested in helping, please email latinitasep@gmail.com or call us at 915.219.8554

NOMINATE A LATINA LEADER
Nominate a candidate for the Mujeres Making a Difference Award.
The Latina List is accepting nominations of Latina leaders who are making an impact in the border community of the greater El Paso area. The Mujeres Making a Difference Awards give well-deserved recognition to Hispanic women who have made significant contributions to the empowerment and well being of the El Paso community. Latinitas, El Paso’s leading Hispanic young women’s empowerment organization, will recognize the leadership achievements of Hispanic women who have served the El Paso Community. Leaders will be awarded for their achievements within their respective professions and service to the community. Make your nomination here: http://laslatinitas.com/latina-list

El Paso Program Bulletin October 2014

GIRL POWER ACADEMY
Latinitas is recruiting girls in grades 4-8th for our Girl Power workshop series. Girls will meet on a monthly basis throughout the school year to hear inspirational guest speakers, participate in hands-on workshops, meet role models, build confidence, express themselves creatively and discuss girl power topics. The program will encourage girls to grow strong, healthy and confident as they develop leadership skills, connect with female role models, learn ways to overcome peer pressure, boost their self-esteem, learn about the importance of education and explore career options. To successfully complete the program and receive a diploma of completion, girls must attend at least 5 workshops and complete at least 5 hours of community service.
  • AIM HIGH (November 1) fosters career exploration
  • BUSINESS CHICA (December 13) connect girls with leaders
  • HEALTHY CHICA – (January 31) promotes health & wellness
  • COLLEGE CHICA – (February) prepares girls for higher education
  • WOMEN’S DAY – (March 7) helps girls learn about women leaders
  • GIRL POWER FEST – (April) promotes confidence and leadership

Membership for the program is $25 and includes workshops and supplies. To reserve your spot, register online at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-power-academy-tickets-13079668641

AIM HIGH WORKSHOP
November 1 from 10am-2pm
7000 Edgemere
The Aim High Conference is geared toward encouraging pre-teen and teen girls ages 9-17 to aim high and dream big by setting high goals for themselves, achieving in academic realms and exploring professional opportunities for their future success. Girls are invited to imagine their future career and meet role models. Workshops are led by professional women who are excited about sharing their careers with participants. The presenters will place a strong emphasis on careers where women are underrepresented such as science, technology, engineering and math. Aim High features unique hands-on workshops, activities and inspiring guest speakers. Aim High Conference is hosted by Latinitas and the American Association of University Women. To pre-register, visit: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration
For more information, please contact Latinitas at 915.219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

BUSINESS CHICA
December 13 from 10am-3pm
Southwest University

Girls ages 10-17 are invited to discover their entrepreneurial spirit and to prepare as the leaders of the 21st Century at the Business Chica Conference. Girls will connect with female business leaders as they develop business skills, receive financial literacy training, learn about entrepreneurship and foster work-readiness skills. Girls will be able to work in teams to develop their own entrepreneur venture ideas, create a business plan and design their own marketing campaign. The workshop fee is $10 and includes lunch. To register, sign up online at:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-chica-tickets-13079967535
For more information, contact us at latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 915.219.8554.

NOMINATE A YOUNG LATINA LEADER

Latinitas is accepting nominations of outstanding Latina leaders for a magazine feature. Young Latinas are paving the way as community leaders, activists and volunteers. We are looking for 20 Latinitas under 20 who are getting involved, acting as leaders and creating positive change. To nominate a young leader, click here.

ABOUT LATINITAS

Latinitas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowering Latina youth through media and technology. This grassroots coalition of women leaders provides enrichment programs focused on helping Hispanic girls build confidence through creative expression.We encourage local girls to express themselves and foster a positive self-esteem through multimedia enrichment lessons on writing, arts & crafts, photography, filmmaking and radio production. By hosting educational outreach workshops, internships, camps, conferences, retreats and after-school programs, we connect girls with positive mentors who encourage them to build their self-esteem, confidence, cultural pride, body image, leadership skills, academic skills, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior. Girls in our programs publish LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine by and for Latina youth. Our youth-produced on-line magazine is focused on informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to succeed. If you are interested in contributing, contact us at 219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

El Paso October 2014 ENEWSLETTER

2014-2015 Girl Power Academy

Latinitas is recruiting girls in grades 5-8th for our Girl Power workshop series. Girls will meet on a monthly basis throughout the school year to hear inspirational guest speakers, participate in hands-on workshops, meet role models, build confidence, express themselves creatively and discuss girl power topics. The program will encourage girls to grow strong, healthy and confident as they develop leadership skills, connect with female role models, learn ways to overcome peer pressure, boost their self-esteem, learn about the importance of education and explore career options.

 

Requirements: To successfully complete the program and receive a diploma of completion, girls must attend at least 5 of the 7 scheduled workshops and complete at least 5 hours of community service. The program runs October through April 2015 and includes 7 workshops as well as additional community service opportunities and cultural celebrations during the school year.
Schedule: 

FALL & WINTER 2014

  • DAY OF THE GIRL – (October 10 from 4:30-7pm and October 11 from 10:30-12pm at 2000 Texas Ave.) promotes girl empowerment, boosts girls self-esteem, celebrates cultural heritage & encourages girls to express themselves creatively
  • AIM HIGH (November) fosters career exploration and connect girls to role models in various careers to help girls feel prepared for the workforce of the 21st century.
  • BUSINESS CHICA (December) connect girls with role models and inspiring leaders in the business realm

SPRING 2015

  • HEALTHY CHICA – (January) promotes health & wellness
  • COLLEGE CHICA – (February) prepares girls for higher education.
  • WOMEN’S DAY – (March 7) helps girls learn about women leaders
  • GIRL POWER FEST – (April) promotes confidence and leadership

Membership for the program is $25 for the year-long program and includes workshops and supplies. To reserve your spot, register online at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-power-academy-tickets-13079668641

DAY OF THE GIRL FESTIVAL

October 10 from 4:30-7pm

Cafe Mayapan (2000 Texas Ave)

To celebrate girls in our community, the Day of the Girl Festival will focus on empowering girls and raising awareness of important issues affecting girls along the borderland. The rally will include musical entertainment, dance performances, interactive booths, art exhibits, poetry readings, theater performances, art & craft projects, games, prizes, speakers, and informational booths about organizations helping girls and women. The International Day of the Girl Child was established by the UN to raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequality around the world. It’s a day when groups come together under the same goal to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere. Admission to this family-friendly event is free.

SUMMER INTERN SPOTLIGHT

Thank you to our dedicated summer interns who shared their time and talents to help empower Latina youth and make an impact in girl’s lives.   

Victoria Navarro – Editorial Intern

Sophomore, Princeton University  

Major: Chemistry, Minor:Latino Studies

“I’ve taken a deep interest in Latino Studies while at college this past year and have always been passionate about expression through writing. I would like to share stories I think would be helpful to young girls, and share some of my own experiences in applying to colleges/scholarships. The mission of the magazine, such as empowering young girls through multimedia and letting their voice be heard, is something I admire and would like to be a part of contributing to these goals.”

Christy Gutierrez – Video Production Intern

Senior, Texas Tech University – Advertising Major

“I love my city, love the idea of empowering young women and am extremely passionate about video producing. Latinitas is an established organization whose beliefs and mission coincide with my own and I’d love to help out where I can. Latinitas allows me the opportunity to build my portfolio for a great cause and use my talents to build strong relationships with the younger girls.”

 

Jacqueline Ramos – Graphic Design Intern

Junior, UTEP – Graphic Design Major

“The fact that Latinitas strives to help young Latinas to teach one another and make their community a better place is inspiring. I want to be able to gain satisfaction of helping my community in the best way that I know how, and at the same time learn from others.” 

NOMINATE A YOUNG LATINA LEADER

Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Latinitas is accepting nominations of outstanding Latina leaders across the country for a magazine feature. Young Latinas are paving the way as community leaders, activists and volunteers. We are looking for 20 Latinitas under 20 who are getting involved, acting as leaders and creating positive change. To nominate a young leader, click here.

HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH ESSAY CONTEST

Latinitas Magazine is sponsoring a Hispanic Heritage Month essay contest for pre-teen and teen girls ages 9 to 18. The winner of the contest will win a back pack with prizes as well as having their winning work published in our magazine. Students are asked to write an essay between 300-750 words describing their favorite cultural tradition or sharing why they are proud of their heritage. Submissions are due on October 15. You may e-mail submissions at latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com, or submit electronically: http://laslatinitas.com/reporteritas-submission

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT – CAMP YOUTH LEADERS
The Latinitas team would like to extend our deep appreciation to all of our wonderful volunteers who helped make our summer camps a success. A few Latinitas shared their experience as volunteer teen leaders to help motivate and encourage younger girls.

“I think it is a great opportunity for me to do something good for other girls like me. It helps give me a sense of pride for giving my time and I hope to make a difference.” Hope Ayala, high school freshman.

 

“I want to participate in Latinitas because I really like the mission. I believe that being there for these young girls can mean so much to them. Being there to help each girl with their personal life can be very fulfilling to both them and me. I feel I can really relate to these young girls seeing as I am one myself and can really be there for them.” Lillian Macias , EPCC Early College

 

“It would be an honor to participate in an internship with Latinitas because of the fact that it concentrates on promoting girl empowerment. I truly believe it is a unique and valuable opportunity to get involved in my community with real life experience and make a difference. Latinitas helps me gain the training, knowledge and familiarity of an actual experience in being able to better help the Latin America females of our future.” – Joella Methola, sophomore,  Northwest EPCC

MUJERES MAKING A DIFFERENCE

During Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), the Latina List is accepting nominations of Latina leaders who are making an impact in the border community of the greater El Paso area. The Mujeres Making a Difference Awards give well-deserved recognition to Hispanic women who have made significant contributions to the empowerment and well being of the El Paso community. Latinitas, El Paso’s leading Hispanic young women’s empowerment organization, will recognize the leadership achievements of Hispanic women who have served the El Paso Community. Leaders will be awarded for their achievements within their respective professions and service to the community. Deadlines for Nominations are October 15th. Submit a nomination online: http://laslatinitas.com/latina-list

Girls Aim High & Dream Big at STEM Conference (El Paso, TX)

LOCAL WOMEN LEADERS MOTIVATE GIRLS TO AIM HIGH

Aim High Conference Features Leadership, Career & STEM Workshops

 

WHAT: Aim High Conference: Girls are given the opportunity to experience a real job mentored by professionals in this leadership and career workshop.



 

WHEN: November 1 from 10am-2pm

 

WHERE: 7000 Edgemere

 

WHO: Latinitas will be hosting the Aim High Conference, a special workshop about empowering Latina youth. The Aim High conference is created especially for girls in the 4th through 8th grades with unique hands-on workshops, exhibits and panels.

 

WHY: The Aim High Conference is geared toward encouraging pre-teen and teen girls to aim high by setting high goals for themselves, achieving in academic realms and exploring professional opportunities for their future success. Girls are invited to imagine their future career and meet role models. Workshops are led by professional women who are excited about sharing their careers with participants. Aim High features unique hands-on workshops, activities and inspiring guest speakers. Aim High Conference is hosted by Latinitas and the American Association of University Women.

 

COST: This event is free.

 

REGISTER: Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information, call 219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit LatinitasMagazine.org.

 

ABOUT LATINITAS: Latinitas is a non-profit promoting Latina youth empowerment through media and technology. Through multimedia enrichment programs, Latinitas empowers local girls to express themselves and connects them with role models and mentors who guide them in building their confidence and self-esteem. Latinitas members publishes www.latinitasmagazine.org, a bilingual digital magazine focused on informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to grow into healthy, confident and successful women.

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Donor Spotlight: State Farm Agent Elizabeth Lopez

Donor Spotlight: State Farm Agent Elizabeth Lopez

Elizabeth was born in Cd. Delicias, Chih and was raised in El Paso. She completed her first degree in Travel & Tourism, began an exciting career in the travel industry and quickly started management training. After ten years in the travel industry, she went back to school and completed her degree in Business Management. Within ten years, she climbed the corporate ladder up to the Director of Operations for a large consumer services organization.

“After 20 years of working for major organizations, I decided to look for opportunities to own my own business. About a year ago, I was selected to join the State Farm Agency Intern program to begin my training and preparation to own and operate my own State Farm Agency. This has been one of the most remarkable experiences of my life. I am grateful every day that my life hasn’t always been easy – it has prepared me well for this challenge,” expressed Elizabeth.

To be part of an organization that not only promotes Latinas, but also prepares young Latinas through education, technology, and developing leadership skills is what motivates Elizabeth to have a strong presence within the organization. “I have been very blessed to have great examples of strength and integrity in my life – and consider it my responsibility to give back to my community (particularly our Latinas),” she adds.
Elizabeth has been a partner/volunteer with Latinitas for about 5 years and served as a Board Member for the last two years. As a Latinitas volunteer, Elizabeth has helped with coordinating the fashion show and Tiara Tuesday, organizing photography and art exhibit, sponsoring the Butterfly Effect Benefit, and sponsoring camp attendees.

Her advice to girls is: “ABOVE all things – stay true to yourself! Dream big …..all things are possible!”

Donor Spotlight: AAUW

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT:
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) mission is to empower women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.  By empowering women and girls in the community, and across the nation at over 1,000 local branches and 700 college and university partners, the AAUW organization is breaking education and economic barriers. The AAUW has been a tremendous partner for Latinitas in helping co-host the Aim High conference. They served as volunteers throughout the event to aid with set-up, registration, meal preparation and more. Some of their representatives also served as guest speakers and hosted an informational fair during our career fair to share their career experience. They also sponsored the event to help us provide this opportunity to local girls free of cost by providing food and goody bags for all our participants.

Anne Mattersdorff, AAUW President gave Latinitas words of encouragement:
“Thank you for all your hard work and for sharing your spirit with us…You are doing amazing things for these young women in Latinitas. You are changing lives, truly.”

Donor Spotlight: United Way of El Paso

DONOR SPOTLIGHT:

The mission of the United Way of El Paso County is to improve the lives of El Paso families through community involvement. United Way focuses on developing programs and assisting non-profit organizations that meet the core values: integrity, diversity, accountability, and leadership. As a partner with United Way, a volunteer from the Americorps VISTA program has been placed with our organization to assist with marketing and volunteer recruitment. The United Way of El Paso County Kids’ Way program began in 1999, to teach El Paso’s young children the value of philanthropy though various fundraising efforts, including the notable “Pennies for Change” collection. Through this mini-grant program, United Way has helped fund our Smart Chicas project focused on encouraging girls to stay in school and to go to college. As part of this college-bound initiative, we will host career panels and college guest speakers in our various after-school clubs to encourage girls to explore their future educational and career opportunities as well as organizing field trips to local colleges.  Our members will also learn valuable tips to do well in school and to prepare for college. As part of this project, girls in our clubs will also create multimedia projects using photography, blogs, posters, videos and podcasts encouraging their peers to stay in school and explore higher education.

Donor Spotlight: Altar’d State

DONOR SPOTLIGHT: ALTAR’D STATE
This community-minded store is driven by a desire to give back to those in need. The Latinitas team is honored to have been selected as Altar’d States El Paso store charity partner for the month of January and February and to welcome Altar’d employees as volunteers during our self-esteem workshops. Mission Mondays is a charity project where every Monday 10% of net proceeds from each store go to various local charities. Altar’d State in the Fountains shopping center is an energetic fashion boutique that offers a distinctive shopping experience for women interested in the latest fashion finds, the most anticipated accessories and that next great gift. Altar’d State customers can enjoy supporting an organization that promotes confidence, civic involvement and positivity through its merchandise and involvement.

LATINITAS SEEKS TO AWARD 20 UNDER 20

Latinitas, a non-profit organization working to empower young Latinas through media and technology, is searching for 20 Latinas under the age of 20 to be featured in their online magazine. Latinitas Magazine is the first digital magazine made for and by Latina youth. Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Latinitas is accepting nominations of outstanding Latina leaders across the country for a magazine feature. Young Latinas are paving the way as community leaders, activists and volunteers.  A wave of young talented Latinas are ready to become the future leaders of America.  We are looking for 20 Latinitas under 20 who are getting involved, acting as leaders and creating positive change.

Latinitas was founded in 2002 by several students at the University of Texas at Austin. Since then, Latinitas has been able to host after school programs, workshops, and summer camps throughout El Paso and Austin, Texas. Alicia Rascon, CEO and Co-Founder of Latinitas says, “Over the years we’ve had the privilege of working with powerful Latinas and being inspired by young leaders through the many programs we host. The 20 Under 20 Award is our way of recognizing the accomplishments of these amazing girls. Media has had it’s way with it’s negative portrayal of Latinas, it’s time to eradicate these stereotypes and shine some positive light on the Latina community.”

Laura Donnelly-Gonzalez, Co-Founder and COO  of Latinitas, explains “Latinitas focuses on equipping young Latinas with the skills, attitude, and opportunities to succeed in all areas where the Latina population has been underrepresented and misrepresented. Through the 20 Under 20 Awards, we wish to not only honor the accomplishments of strong Latinas everywhere, but to motivate others to follow in their footsteps.”

Latinitas calls for sponsors, relatives, coaches, teachers, and volunteer organizations to nominate young Latinas who are involved in their community, excel in academics and extracurricular activities, and uphold character and cultural awareness. Applications will be accepted through October 15 and can be accessed online at:  http://laslatinitas.com/20-latinitas-under-20

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ABOUT LATINITAS

Latinitas is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young Latinas through media and technology. We publish LatinitasMagazine.org, the first and premier digital magazine for Hispanic girls and teens. The bilingual webzine is geared towards informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to succeed. A truly innovative aspect of Latinitas is that it serves as an online forum for girls to express themselves and publish their work. By hosting bilingual, bicultural, educational outreach workshops, camps, internships, retreats, conferences and after-school programs, Latinitas is inspiring and cultivating the next generation of Latina leaders. We connect girls with positive mentors and role models who encourage girls to build their self-esteem, confidence, leadership skills, cultural pride, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior.

Girls Become Business Savvy with Entreprenuerial Mentors (El Paso, TX)

BUSINESS CHICA CONFERENCE

WHO: The Business Chica workshop is presented by Latinitas, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering local girls, in partnership with Southwest University. The workshop is open to girls ages 10-17.

WHAT: The Business Chica workshop is focused on encouraging local girls to discover their entrepreneurial spirit, to learn about careers in the business sector and to prepare as the leaders of the 21st Century.

WHERE: Southwest University

WHEN: December 6 from 10am-3pm

WHY: Girls will connect with female business leaders as they develop business skills, receive financial literacy training, learn about entrepreneurship and foster work-readiness skills. Girls will be able to work in teams to develop their own entrepreneur venture ideas, create a business plan and design their own marketing campaign. By meeting inspirational professional mentors, girls will be inspired to dream big and reach their full potential. Local girls are invited to explore their future careers and meet inspirational female leaders. The Business Chica Conference is created especially for pre-teen and teen girls. It will feature girl-friendly, unique hands-on workshops, motivational speeches, interactive activities, exhibits and inspiring career presentations. At the conference, girls will get a chance to meet role models in different fields and learn more about careers in those fields.

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